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MOFGA and the Organic Farming Revolution

MOFGA and the Organic Farming Revolution

This week's We Are What We Eat column by Todd Chretien reviews the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association's The Organic Farming Revolution: Past, Present, Future...

Burnout at Preble Street

Burnout at Preble Street

This is part of a series, “The Great American Burnout,” that focuses on interviews with Mainers who experienced burnout during the pandemic. Sam Spadafore sat down with...

Portlanders rally for COVID hazard pay

Portlanders rally for COVID hazard pay

On January 3, Portland’s City Council will vote on whether or not to repeal the state of emergency that was enacted on August 2, 2021. Without a state of emergency in...

Op-Ed: Portland Must Keep Hazard Pay

Op-Ed: Portland Must Keep Hazard Pay

Tonight, the Portland City Council will vote on whether to strip Portland workers of the hazard pay we started earning on January 1, 2022. This is the same hazard pay that...

Farming for a Better World

Farming for a Better World

Global climate change is tightening its grip on Maine. It’s set to be 40 degrees or more and pouring rain on Wednesday, January 5, from Kittery to Farmington. I don’t know...

Op-Ed: Portland Must Keep Hazard Pay

Portland Faces Critical COVID Decisions

As both the Delta and Omicron variants of COVID-19 wash over Maine, the Portland City Council will soon debate whether to extend the city’s State of Emergency (SoE). This...

Maine Socialists Offer COVID Vaccine Clinic

Maine Socialists Offer COVID Vaccine Clinic

On Monday, December 27, the Maine Democratic Socialists of America (MDSA) sponsored a pop-up COVID vaccine and booster clinic in Portland. As with all COVID vaccine clinics...

The Great American Burnout

The Great American Burnout

This is Part One of an ongoing series focused on the increasing phenomena of burnout in the work place. Please read to the end to find out how you can connect with the...

Milk With Dignity Comes to Maine

Milk With Dignity Comes to Maine

On Monday afternoon, November 8, shoppers at the Back Cove Portland Hannaford looked on as a crowd of more than 200 people gathered across the lot. Busses rolled in and a...

Why Welfare is Such a Convoluted System

Why Welfare is Such a Convoluted System

Why is welfare such a convoluted system in Maine? Well, there’s a fitting convoluted answer: The welfare programs themselves have been designed to be difficult and...

Abortions Are Not Just for Women

Abortions Are Not Just for Women

On September 1, 2021, Texas legislature passed S.B. 8, or better known as the “Fetal Heartbeat Bill.” Cries from abortion rights women activists were heard across the...

Interview with Rep. Seth Berry, Pt. II

Interview with Rep. Seth Berry, Pt. II

This is part three of a series by The Maine Mural podcast about the ongoing effort to establish a consumer-owned electric utility in the state of Maine. You can hear the...

On This Labor Day, Remember

On This Labor Day, Remember

It’s Labor Day yet again, and while many of us will spend it grilling, visiting family, or meeting up with friends, many of us aren’t familiar with the hard and arduous road...

Maine Mural Interviews Rep. Seth Berry

Maine Mural Interviews Rep. Seth Berry

Maine Mural host Dylan C. sits down with State Rep. Seth Berry to discuss legislation that would have allowed Mainers to vote whether they want a statewide consumer-owned...

Crash Course pt. III: Socialism & Oppression

Crash Course pt. III: Socialism & Oppression

The Maine chapter of Democratic Socialists of America has put together an introductory crash course series on socialism and how it interacts with various topics. This is a...

Advocating for minor leaguers’ work

Advocating for minor leaguers’ work

The following was originally published by Marc Normandin on June 30th, 2021 via his Patreon Newsletter. It is reprinted here with permission from the author. Sea Dogs fans,...

Black artist’s work set ablaze in Portland

Black artist’s work set ablaze in Portland

At the beginning of August, an art installation in Congress Square in Portland called New Rhythms was set on fire. The artist, Jordan Carey, got the call as he was about to...